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The folks at Orangemonkie are back with Foldio2 “Bigger & Smarter” on Kickstarter. We originally wrote about them a year ago when they debuted the original Foldio. Essentially, it’s a collapsible photo studio with LED lights that will help you take better product photography with either your phone or your camera. The original Foldio came in at 10.2 in. x 10.2 in. x 10.2 in. This time around, the Foldio2 is 15 in. x 15 in. x 15 in., which can accommodate bigger items.

The Foldio2 comes with three backdrop options: white, black and grey. The LED strips are also longer than the original, which provides much more light. The Orangemonkie team is also developing a smartphone to provide quick and easy editing for any photographs you take in the Foldio2.

This is definitely a boon for anyone looking to take better product photos or experiment with macro photography. Hopefully, eBay listings will look a little better, too, if this has a high adoption rate.

They’ve already blown past their $50,000 threshold, but if you’d like to get one early, head on over to their Kickstarter.

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The Affordable 4x5 camera

The larger the format is that you’re working with, the more time it will surely take you to get a single image due to all the work that goes into it. And while large format cameras can be expensive, a duo from Europe are Kickstarting a more affordable camera. It’s called the Intrepid 4×5 camera, and it promises to be a light weight camera made from birch ply wood.

The Intrepid will take 75-300mm lens boards, has ground glass for focusing, comes with a choice of bellows colors, and folds down into a very compact size. With it being made from plywood though, I’d personally want it to be finished with a sealant of some sort to prevent moisture from affecting it too much in the long run. For the 125 Euro that they’re apparently charging for the camera though, we can’t really expect much.

It will take standard film cases for the image loading: which means that you can enjoy many of the offerings from Fujifilm, Kodak and Ilford still available for the format.

The intro video is after the jump, but be sure to head over to their Kickstarter page too to see the different rewards offered.

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Cams Pro Sling Strap Camera Plate and Lens Plate

A new Kickstarter is looking to solve a problem with photographers who like to shoot with vertical grips. They’re called CAMS, and they’re putting out the Pro Sling Strap.

The concept behind it is pretty simple: there are loads and loads of photographers who like to shoot with a vertical grip whether because it makes them look more pro or because of pure comfort. But indeed, many straps out there don’t always work so seamlessly with grips due to some sort of knob sticking out–and so you’ll often have to wrap your fingers around said knob. But the Cams Sling Strap offers a flat surface for use with a tripod collar or a tripod slot. This effectively lets you wrap your hand around the grip with less of an issue.

The units are made using aluminum and steel can can be used with either a lens tripod collar or a camera depending on what configuration you want to use. Then you’ll need to add the strap obviously.

It seems to otherwise work a lot like the BlackRapid straps–which is great for wedding photographers and photojournalists.

Their product video is after the jump.

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Lots of pitches and emails come our way everyday, but it’s rare that something truly pulls me out of bed from my afternoon nap. And for that, we have to give ti to the Bouncelite. The Bouncelite is a brand new Kickstarter initiative aimed at creating a completely brand new type of flash modifier that makes some of the most efficient use of lighting that we’ve seen. It mounts onto the head of your flash and acts as a softbox but can also act as a bounce card at the same time. At the moment, it’s currently being targeted at folks who put the flash in their hot shoe; though it can surely be used with the softbox off camera. But for what it’s worth, photographers who want to use a flash off camera go for much larger flash modifiers and larger softboxes.

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MIOPS High-Speed Photography Trigger 3

High-speed photography is one of those artistic niches that require specialized gear. Luckily for you there are plenty of high-speed triggers but we’ve always been impressed with the Nero Trigger and now its creators are out with a new piece of kit called the MIOPS.

With this small device you can trigger your camera or flash within nanoseconds of a lighting strike or a bullet carving through an apple to capture that decisive moment. The MIOPS also has the added bonus of being completely controllable from an iPhone and other Bluetooth 4.0 compatible devices. MIOPS supports a variety of camera bodies from Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, Sony, and Minolta (sorry Fujifilm and Leica shooters).

The device is equipped with three different sensors to detect light, sound, and lasers. With these sensors the MIOPS can be setup to automatically fire the shutter to capture events such as lightning, fireworks, popping balloon, or a laser beam cut by an obstacle. Users could also plug in even more sensors to the MIOPS such as a pressure pad to add even more options. Alternatively the MIOPS can be programmed to take a timelapse or set your camera up to take multiple frames for an HDR image.

The people behind MIOPS have put up their new device as a Kickstarter project. Currently the funding has reached $153,145, more than double its initial $75,000 goal. If you’re interested in picking up your own MIOPS the Basic model sells for $189 or get an MIOPS Ultimate with added smartphone controls for $199. All units are slated to ship this December. Don’t forget to click past the jump to see more images and video of the MIOPS in action.

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julius motal dave keenan fair witness Parade, New York City, 2011

Parade, New York City, 2011

All images by Dave Keenan. Used with permission.

Dave Keenan’s re-entry into photography is a story of the natural order of things, rather than rediscovery. In his youth, he got to photograph on occasion with his grandfather’s Leica, which gave an early love for rangefinders. With his father, he built a darkroom where he often spent time developing and printing photos. His photography, however, fell by the wayside as he took up a career in computer engineering, and in the last ten years, he bought a Leica on a whim. His photographic passion, however muted, came back as he started a photo a week project, which gradually turned into his book FAIR WITNESS: Street Photography for the 21st century with the help of veteran photographers like Eli Reed and Elliott Erwitt.

Head on past the break for our interview with David Keenan, and check the Kickstarter campaign for FAIR WITNESS.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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